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Staff Favorite:

Alex Traven

"A beautiful and easy to grow tropical with aromatic leaves that smell and taste like lemon eucalyptus. Cardamom grows equally well in a pot or in the ground, easy to overwinter indoors, easy to divide. We have yet to have it flower, but the leaves are a culinary delight for wrapping fish or adding to stews, curries, and stir-fries."

— Alex

Elettaria cardamomum

  • Cardamom is a Gourmet Edible in the One Earth Edibles program.
  • Commonly used in both culinary dishes and drinks, Cardamom is known for its distinctively smokey aroma and smooth, cool finish similar to mint.
  • Cardamom pairs well with cinnamon, mint, basmati rice, chai, and herbal teas.

Interesting Notes:

Cardamom is the world's third most exspensive spice next to vanilla and saffron.


  • Focal Point
  • Great Foliage
  • Container
  • Culinary
  • Fragrant

Combo Usage:

  • Thriller (focal point)


  • One Earth Edibles


  • Partial Sun
  • Morning Sun

Fertilizer Levels:

  • Average Feed

Foliage Color:

  • Green

Season of Interest (Flowering):

  • Summer(Flowering)

Season of Interest (Foliage):

  • Summer(Foliage)

Soil Moisture Preference:

  • Average-Slightly Moist

Soil pH Requirements:

  • Medium, 5.7-6.2